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What are side effects of emergency contraception?

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The side effects for emergency contraceptives usually last a day or two at most. They may include:

  • Belly pain and cramping
  • Breast tenderness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach and vomiting

SOURCES:

Anne Elizabeth Burke, MD, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, director of family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH, researcher, Office of Population Research, Princeton University.

Alexandra Gold, MD, fellow in family planning, OB/GYN, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

KidsHealth: "IUD."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: "Copper-T IUD as Emergency Contraception," "Side Effects."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: The Intrauterine Device (IUD.)"

UpToDate: "Emergency Contraception," "Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)," "Levonorgestrel," "Long-term Methods of Birth Control," "Ulipristal.""Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

SOURCES:

Anne Elizabeth Burke, MD, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, director of family planning, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH, researcher, Office of Population Research, Princeton University.

Alexandra Gold, MD, fellow in family planning, OB/GYN, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

KidsHealth: "IUD."

Office of Population Research at Princeton University: The Emergency Contraception Web Site: "Copper-T IUD as Emergency Contraception," "Side Effects."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: The Intrauterine Device (IUD.)"

UpToDate: "Emergency Contraception," "Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)," "Levonorgestrel," "Long-term Methods of Birth Control," "Ulipristal.""Intrauterine Contraception."

PlanBOneStep.com.

MyNextChoiceOneDose.com.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2018

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